Bangkok has many museums exhibit some of the most sublime, and strangest, collections of relics you can imagine, giving visitors a wonderful insight into Thailand’s colorful culture and unique heritage.
Meet your English-speaking guide in the hotel’s lobby.The best place to start has to be the National Museum. One of the largest and most comprehensive museums in Southeast Asia.Bangkok’s National Museum houses a vast collection of artifacts found in all parts of the country ranging from Neolithic times, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya to the Bangkok period. The complex, once used as a palace, consists of several old but beautiful buildings of colorful Thai architectural design.
Visit Royal Barge National Museum, Thailand’s ornately carved and decorated Royal Barges are displayed in boatsheds on Khiong (Canal) Bangkok Noi, just off the Chao Phraya River near Phra Pin Klao Bridge on the Thon Buri side.The barges on display vary in size and function. The most important of all is the Suppanahong, or ‘Golden Swan,’ with its figurehead prow in the shape of a huge golden swan. The barge was built by King Rama I, but then had to be rebuilt by King Rama V. Next to it is the Narai Song Suban with King Narai riding a Garuda on its prow. This barge was built to commemorate the king’s 50th anniversary on the throne. Around the sides and back of the warehouse are display cases with oars, flags and other paraphernalia of the procession ceremonies.
Lunch at local restaurant.
Visit Vimanmek Mansion, the world’s largest building made entirely of golden teak. The three story wooden palace has 81 rooms, halls and ante-rooms, and now Thailand’s first handicraft museum where her majesty the queen collects handicraft masterpieces created by members of Support foundation. In the museum, can find such handicrafts as neillowares, Thai silk with various unique designs.
Visit Jim Thompson’s House Museum. This exquisite collection of traditional Thai houses stands as a museum to Jim Thompson, the man who revived the Thai silk industry and founded the Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Jim Thompson’s eclectic collection of antiques and artifacts is on permanent exhibition, making this a magnificent tribute to a well-respected and sorely missed legendary figure.